President Solih opens cricket player’s lounge at Male’ Sports Complex

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) tours the Jaleel's Lounge at Male' Sports Complex on October 9, 2021. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Saturday, officiated the opening of the player's lounge ‘Jaleel's Lounge’, the launching of ‘Hithaai Roohun Kulheyshe Cricket’ logo and indoor cricket at the indoor hall of Male’ Sports Complex. 

The President was welcomed upon arrival at the Male’ Sports Complex by Vice President Faisal Naseem, the President and Vice President of the Cricket Board of Maldives (CBM) and the President of Milan Cricket Academy (Milan CA). 

The player’s lounge was developed by the oldest cricket academy, Milan CA and donated to the CBM. 

President Solih and VP Faisal were given a tour of the lounge, and presented with copies of the ‘Hithaai Roohun Kulheyshe Cricket’ logo – which translates to ‘Play Cricket with Heart and Soul’. 

President Solih and VP Faisal also participated in a friendly game of indoor cricket as captains on opposing teams, respectively named as President Eleven Team and Vice President Eleven Team.  

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (L) and Vice President Faisal Naseem (CR) play a friendly game of indoor cricket at the Male' Sports Complex on October 9, 2021. (Photo/President's Office)

Both teams comprised of veteran and current cricket players as well as top cricket officials.  

The game - the first ever indoor cricket game played in Maldives - was won by the Vice President Eleven Team. The Vice President Eleven team won the game by 89 runs in 10 overs while the President Eleven team managed to secure 85 runs in 12 overs.